Tuesday, March 31, 2015


Deep in my soul,
I feel it swell
and burst forth.
Just one look,
one smile
and the love I feel

Your eyes,
so deep and dark;
your smile,
so perfect
and full of
the same sweet love
I feel for you.

Unconditional love -
Love not searched for,
but freely given.
An innocent love;
an expectant love.

And your face glows
with the certainty that...
even though our skin is
a different color -
Our love is true
and sure.

A childlike acceptance of
love freely given -
even by a stranger
sent to help
the innocent child
that you are.

Barbara London

Simple Woman's Daybook - March 30, 2015

Linking up with

For Today:

March 30, 2015

Outside my Window:  

temp in 70's...
definitely a spring day
for Florida;
and a beautiful day at that!

I am Thinking:

This day is going by way too fast;
in fact,
this month - year -
is going by
way too fast!

I am Thankful:

For my church
and my church friends;
for friends made throughout Florida
because of connections
in our District and Region,
and our Disciples' Women's Ministry.
They "pop up" in many places
during my everyday life!

I am Wearing:

My typical "laundry day" attire:
black and white striped
very comfy night shirt;
bare feet
slipped into a pair of crocs.

I am Creating:

Created a great page Saturday
at our all-day Theme Crop,
a "Recipe Swap".
We each made our dish
and brought a recipe for each in attendance.
I now have some great new recipes to try!

I am Going:

To get busy writing more...
if I can get the ideas out of my head,
and onto paper or the computer!

I am Wondering:

If I should (or could)
attend a Disciples' Women's meeting
which is out of town;
and would require staying one or two night(s)...
I would love to attend?!
Finances always get in the way!

I am Reading:

"Still Alice"
by Lisa Genova...
this is the story of Alice
who is diagnosed with early onset
Alzheimer's Disease.
Just started reading a few days ago;
but see there may be a wealth of information
for what I believe is becoming
Alzheimer's Disease
for my husband
who was diagnosed with
Vascular Dementia
quite a number of years ago.

Reading this book,
and other related topics,
can be very helpful.

I am Hoping:

Things slow down a bit
after Easter!
But I have so many
adventures and events
coming up in the next few months!

I am Looking Forward to:

Easter Sunday!
He IS Risen!

I am Learning:

More about symptoms and treatments
of Alzheimer's Disease...
but not enough yet!

In my Kitchen:

A box of teabags
from Southern Breeze...
need to make some and enjoy!

Around the House:

Bits and pieces of my card-making stuff;
boxed and ready for a craft fair
(in May!)
and other miscellaneous

I am Pondering:

in the face of
disability and illness...

A Fave Quote for Today:

From the Board Room:

Watched this one the other day
on Facebook...
be sure you have tissues ready;
It is so sweet and touching!

The Latkovski Sisters

A Peek into one of my Days:

Going to my daughter's church
Friday evening
for a Good Friday service,
and unveiling my son-in-law's work...
created especially for
Good Friday
Easter Morning.

Good Friday

Friday, March 27, 2015

Five Minute Friday - BREAK/BROKEN

It is almost Friday - and with that, another weekend; and another opportunity to link up with Kate for Five Minute Friday at http://katemotaung.com/ to write for only five minutes on a single word prompt!

Tonight's word is:


How many times have you heard - "If you break it, you will have to buy it!"

Be careful when shopping in a china shop; you don't want to find this...

Fractured pieces;

Scattered in different directions...

Tossed and turned and laying in bits and pieces.

"If you break it, you will have to..."

Broken hearts;

Torn apart by others' words or actions.

Open to the hurts another has caused.

We all have had broken hearts at one time or another...

Maybe our hearts were broken unintentionally;

Maybe it was intended to be a good thing for one ...

But turned out to be a bad thing for another.

Someone always wins...

someone always loses!

"If you break it..."


No matter how broken our heart is;

No matter what caused our heart to break...

Tonight I am still pondering this "broken heart" idea;

I am still wondering how lives will go on as if nothing had happened.  I don't know what to say to those in the middle of a broken relationship -


I still love you.

You did wrong; you hurt my family -


You go on with your life as if...


You never loved him??  After all this time...

It just changes - in a flash?  In a minute?

A person "falls in love";

do they also "fall out of love"?

I'm not sure; but tonight I am pondering:

Break - break my heart!

Broken - a broken heart!


I am broken-hearted!

God, please mend this broken heart; and the hearts of those who are heart broken!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015


Time for this week's link up with Karen Beth for Tuesday @ Ten where we have a full week to write on the word prompt.

This week's word is:


I have heard we have several dreams, lasting about 90 minutes, every night -

We just don't always remember them.

Me?  I hardly ever remember my dreams;

And, if I do semi-remember...

By the time I get somewhere to try writing it down,

It's gone!

I don't think I even sleep long enough to dream...

And, if I do dream,

I certainly don't think it's 90 minutes long!

These words were written in my "Dream Journal" in September 2002 (one of those times I did write it down):

All I remember from the dream as I woke is -

the feeling of floating

or flying,

like sky-diving;

and, blue -

everything blue.



And I wrote these words:

A look into my inner soul

flashes by in cinemascope;

or is it technicolor,

or black and white.

Scenes of flying







crawling -

Lying still.

Inside, outside,

Up or down.

Under, around,

through or over.

Houses or cars;

Airplanes or the mall -

Where am I?

Who am I?

What am I -


Dreaming -


Still or tossing...

Sleepless nights,

Dreamless nights -

Everybody dreams -

Sometimes -

all the time...


Perhaps I need to start writing down the dreams I do have...

And remember!

Perhaps the words are speaking to me;

Reminding me of something.

Perhaps it is someone speaking to me,

Showing me the way I should go, the decisions I should make.


Monday, March 23, 2015


Time for this week's link up with Karen Beth for Tuesday @ Ten where we have a full week to write on the word prompt.

This week's word is:


I have been pondering this word since I saw it on Tuesday - today is now Sunday! 

It seems as if every devotion or scripture I have read the past few days have mentioned "strength" or "strengthen" or "strong"...

Psalm 27:1 says:  "The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear?  The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?"  (NKJV)

Exodus 15:2 adds to this:  "The Lord is my strength and my song; He has become my salvation."  (HCSP

YES!!  He is "the strength of my life"!  "He has become my salvation!"

What powerful words!!

And this quote from Eleanor Roosevelt was included in my devotion from the Pslams on the same day I read the above Psalm:

"You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every great experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face.  You are able to say to yurself, 'I have lived through this horror.  I can take the next thing that comes along.'  You must do the thing you think you cannot do.

It would appear these words are speaking of fear; and that may be so...

But, what I was feeling was the strength; the fact that God is there with me through it all...HE IS THE STRENGTH OF MY LIFE!  (If I "twittered" or whatever, I'd do this one!!).

Just browsing through Facebook provided quotes and images focused on "strength" or "strengthen" or "strong"...

And, I know I will continue to need that strength as I walk along the path that God has put before me.

know God gives me strengthstrengthens me for the journey; I know I am strong and have relied on that strength many times in my life...

The following words for March 19th from the Upper Room devotion I am following says:

"Being a long-term caregiver is certainly difficult.  I don't always do it as well as I should {neither do I!}, and I require constant help from God and God's people {me, too!}...when God calls us to do something, God gives us the ability {and strength} to obey."

And these words from "A Daily Journey Through Psalms for Women - a 365-Day Devotion Book" also from March 19th:

"...on those cloudy days when our strength is sapped and our faith is shaken, there exists one from whom we can draw courage and wisdom" {and strength}.

So, on those days when I don't think I can go on another step, when I am weary or exhausted, or too ill to even want to go on...

I will remember that God has my back!  He will give me the strength for the journey.  So...